Literacy Council SWLA is a nonprofit organization committed to literacy and lifelong learning.  Our vision is to build a strong, literate community - one individual, and one family, at a time.


We provide instructional programs designed to help adults improve their literacy skills and their lives.  Our classes focus on reading, writing, mathematics, and HiSET preparation.  


Services are available in Calcasieu, Beauregard, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Allen parishes.  The program is open to adults ages 18 and older or youth ages 16 or 17 (with an approved waiver).

Literacy Changes Lives

The Literacy Council of SWLA, Inc. is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to literacy and lifelong learning. We have a dedicated staff available to assist students in Calcasieu, Jeff Davis, Cameron,  and Beauregard parishes.  We are currently offering online classes for interested students - a cell phone, tablet, or computer with internet connection is required.  We are also resuming face-to-face classes in DeRidder, Jennings, and Lake Charles.  Class size is limited due to COVID-19 precautions. 

About The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana

The Literacy Council of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. is a non-profit organization and a United Way of SWLA agency.  Our purpose is to improve educational skills in Southwest Louisiana and raise awareness about the impact on individuals and the community.

We provide services that help members of our community:

  • improve their foundational skills in reading, math, and writing.

  • prepare for the HiSET exam and earn a LA high school diploma.  

  • access college level training and prepare for skilled labor jobs.

  • prepare to work in jobs that pay family sustaining wages.

  • improve their English skills - speaking, listening, reading, writing.

With the support our community, The Literacy Council of SWLA is changing the lives of our students - and the futures of their families.

Become a Student!

Whether you're ready to earn your high school diploma, enroll in English as a second language, or earn a vocational certification, the Literacy Council of SWLA offers a wide variety of programs designed to help you reach your goal.

Are you ready to become a student?

Enroll in our program today!

Get Involved.

Volunteer as a tutor and help Literacy Council students excel in subjects like Basic Literacy, Math, English as a Second Language, and more!


Our volunteers experience the transforming power of education firsthand, working alongside staff to help our students earn degrees, certifications, and get the education they need through the Literacy Council of SWLA.

Take the Next Step
Are you interested in earning a high school diploma?

Do you need assistance with applying for jobs?


Have you decided that you want to learn a skill or trade?


Call 337-494-7000 or 1-888-LIT-SWLA to learn more or use the button below to request information.


This is such an amazing organization to volunteer for. Being able to take part in providing education and resources for the people of our community is something I wish for everyone to experience.

Literacy Council Student

I am very thankful for the Literacy Council of SWLA. I was able to earn my GED with the help of my teachers, and go on to get an associates degree, and a job after graduation. They really care about their students


Our donations directly impact hundreds of students enrolled in our programs each year. Not only are you helping these students progress, but you're helping to change the lives of so many families through education.

Covid-19 Update

Following state and local guidelines, the Literacy Council of SWLA is strictly limiting face-to-face services. All persons will be required to wear a face mask upon entry into our buildings.


Due to damages caused by Hurricanes Laura and Delta, our team will be working remotely until further notice.


We are now accepting new students online. Online enrollment is active and student resources are available, including access to technology. For more information email us at  info@literacyswla.org

Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wearing Mask in Public Transport

We have taken precautions to ensure that our staff and program participants are safe.  The Literacy Council is following LA Department of Health guidelines for public gatherings.  For face-to-face activities, it is important to remember to mask-up, social distance, and wash hands (and use hand sanitizer) frequently.  Masks must be worn at all times by students and faculty, in buildings, classes, and common spaces.